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REVIEWS: SUPER Affordable Sweaters, Sweatshirts, Spring Work Tops, Maternity Jeans…and Rothy’s Sneakers!

Reviews of Affordable Sweaters, Sweatshirts, Maternity Jeans

Reviews of Affordable Sweaters, Sweatshirts, Maternity Jeans

Hello, hello!  I’ve been working on my winter-to-spring wardrobe (will share soon) as well as shopping for maternity jeans.  Got a few items to review today!  All the tops are NOT maternity, but all the jeans are.  I’m also reviewing a pair of Rothy’s sneakers and talking about if I think they’re worth it.  Besides those Rothy’s sneakers, everything is really affordable from Old Navy, JCPenney, and Amazon.  Here are my reviews of them!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.  Was 17-18 weeks pregnant during the time of these pics.

 

Casual Winter Outfit: pink colorblock sweater + skinny jeans + white slip-on sneakers + leather earringsCasual Winter Outfit: skinny jeans + pink colorblock sweater + leather earrings + white slip-on sneakers

Old Navy Color Block Sweater – showing sizes S and M, kept M
I’ve been looking for a couple of colorful spring-like sweaters and sweatshirts since much of spring where I live can be pretty cold. (But honestly, who knows? Our weather has been weird!) This one is really cute with colors on trend for this season. It’s pretty soft, not itchy and decently thick. It has a tighter knit, which keeps you warmer.  I wore this during a “cold front” in San Diego, and was plenty warm.  When it’s on sale, it’s a pretty good price for how it feels!  The sleeves are kind of dolman sleeves, and the sweater is a *tad* on the shorter side but looks normal length in me since I have a shorter torso.

Above I’m showing me wearing S and M. I decided on M for a looser fit. I haven’t washed it yet so I have no idea if it shrinks in the wash. Sorry!  It also comes in a blue/white/yellow version.  See both HERE.

Shop the Look:
Sweater: Old Navy (exact–wearing M)

Jeans (NOT maternity): Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 4)
Sneakers: Zappos (similar)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–wearing M)

 

Casual Winter Outfit: oatmeal speckled sweatshirt + maternity skinny jeans + white slip-on sneakers + white leather earrings + cognac tote Casual Winter Outfit: maternity skinny jeans + oatmeal speckled sweatshirt + white leather earrings + white slip-on sneakers + cognac tote

Old Navy Sweatshirt – size M
This sweatshirt is really lightweight, so it’s better as weather heads towards warmer spring.  It’s great for casual outfits with jeans, sneakers, and a utility jacket.  It comes in 11 different prints, including camo, a black and white stripe, and a grey and white stripe.  I’m wearing Oatmeal which has a cute speckled texture that makes me like it even more in person.  I sized up to Medium for a more relaxed fit.  I’ve been wearing this a ton as a cute casual option.  It’s definitely not worth full price for how thin it is (I wouldn’t pay full price for most things at Old Navy 😜) but on sale, it’s 👍🏽.  See all the prints HERE!

Shop the Look:
Sweatshirt: Old Navy (exact–wearing M)

Jeans (maternity): Old Navy (exact–wearing size 4)
Sneakers: Zappos (similar)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–wearing M)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)

 

Casual Winter Outfit: cream tunic sweater + maternity skinny jeans + gold leather earringsCasual Winter Outfit: maternity skinny jeans + cream tunic sweater + gold leather earrings

Old Navy White Textured Sweater – size M
I LOVE whites, creams, and oatmeal colors this time of year, and I need a white sweater for spring.  This one is super duper lightweight, but appropriate with its low cost.  It’s often on sale for $15 as a Hot Deal!  It also drapes nicely, and it would look good with a loose front-tuck.  I sized up to M for a relaxed fit, and I love it.  It does stretch out even more if you steam it, so if I wanted something more fitted, I would have gone with S.  It comes in 5 colors, and Regular, Tall, and Petite lengths seen HERE.

Shop the Look:
Sweater: Old Navy (exact–wearing M)

Jeans (maternity): Old Navy (exact–wearing size 4)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–wearing M)

 

Casual Winter Outfit: gray speckled sweatshirt + maternity skinny jeans

Old Navy Maternity Low Panel Rockstar Sculpt Jeggings – Medium Wash, size 4
Keepers!  Let me start off by saying that I don’t love any pair of maternity jeans over my regular jeans (especially the Wit & Wisdom Absolution line), because I haven’t met a pair that I don’t have to constantly pull up. I think it’s just due to where maternity jeans sit on my body, regardless of whether they are low panel or full panel. Plus the lack of front pockets for most pairs is 👎🏽. I’ve just resolved that if I get both of those in one pair, I should consider it lucky.

That said, these jeans are extremely, EXTREMELY comfortable. The legs are very, very stretchy and very soft. These have a low panel that is wide, very soft, and very comfy with a lot of stretchOut of the three maternity jeans from today, these are by far the most comfortable.

The wash is a medium blue, and while I’d prefer something with a little more texture or depth, this pair is so stinking comfy that I’m keeping them.  They do come in a darker wash but I don’t totally love the golden contrast stitching on them on the inside of the leg.  However, these are so comfy that I’ll probably settle for that anyway!

They are a couple inches longer than my ankles, so I rolled them inward. The inside is darker than the outside, instead of a cute lighter blue, so I prefer to cuff these inward instead of outward.  I also love the skinnier fit around the ankles.  Unfortunately, these do not have front pockets.  But the comfort trumps everything.

I sized down to 4, and after doing the 3-Hour Stretch Test, they did loosen a tad. The pic above is after two consecutive days of wear, and you can see the leg and knees are still fitted enough.

One note, the knit is very much like a jegging in the sense that yes, they are totally stretchy, but they also snagged on my ring several times causing loose threads.  That’s annoying, but something I’m willing to tolerate for comfort, especially since I don’t plan on needing maternity jeans anymore after this.

Find these in the medium wash and dark wash HERE.

Shop the Look:
Sweatshirt: Old Navy (exact–wearing M)

Jeans (maternity): (exact–wearing size 4)
Sneakers: Zappos (similar)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–wearing M)

 

Business Casual Jeans Outfit: cream long-sleeve blouse + maternity skinny jeans + leopard flats

Old Navy Maternity Low Panel Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans – size 4
These are a darker wash with some white texture. They have stretch throughout the leg, and they are fairly soft but not quite as soft or stretchy as the previous pair. The previous pair is just so, so soft! These are good, though—I’m just spoiled by the previous pair. 😄  They do have front POCKETS, though!  

These have the same wide, soft, comfy low panel that the other pair has. However, I don’t know if it’s just the particular pair that was sent to me, but I have to pull these up even more often than the other pair. The elastic around the back seems looser and slides down my rear more.  If you have a fuller rear, this might work in your favor.  I expect to have to pull up maternity jeans sometimes, but this is more often than with the other pair which I don’t know if I can tolerate. I’m going to reorder and hope it’s just the typical inconsistencies you get with Old Navy manufacturing.  Otherwise, I may just have the seat taken in slightly by a tailor. Yes, it’s an extra cost, but that $10 alteration will save me hundreds of times of being annoyed about pulling up my pants over the next 5 months. That feels worth it!

These naturally hit perfectly at my ankles. I’m wearing these in size 4. See them HERE.

Shop the Look:
Top: Amazon (exact–wearing size 6)
Jeans (maternity): Old Navy (exact–wearing size 4)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar, similar–much cheaper)

 

Casual Winter Outfit: cream tunic sweater + maternity skinny jeans + gold leather earrings

Old Navy Distressed Maternity Jeans – size 4
I love a distressed pair of jeans to change things up in casual looks.  I like the mild distressing on these, and they have front POCKETS!  Hooray!  They have the same comfy, wide, low panel as the previous two pairs.  However, the legs aren’t as soft or as stretchy as I would like, especially around the knees where the distressing is.  They squeeze my knee every time I bend them.  They molded better to my body and softened up a little over time, but nothing beats the Sculpt Jeggings above. The great news is I don’t have to pull these up as often as the second pair.  Also, I feel the band is tighter than on the Sculpt Jeggings, which again is another knock against comfort comparatively.

Also, the ankles are not fitted as you can see in the full-length version.  Rolling them up looks a lot better, but more of a straight leg and relaxed fit.  I’m a stickler about skinny ankles when pairing with booties to maintain a streamlined leg line.  But, since I tend to wear slip-on sneakers more than booties in the spring, less fitted ankles like these are fine.  I’m still on the fence about these, but also since I only have 5 months left to go in them, I might just resolve to deal with the less-than-ideal comfort because I do want a pair of distressed maternity denim.  Check them out HERE.

Shop the Look:
Sweater: Old Navy (exact–wearing M)

Jeans (maternity): (exact–wearing size 4)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–wearing M)

 

Business Casual Jeans Outfit: blush printed blouse + maternity skinny jeans + nude flats + blush leather earrings Business Casual Jeans Outfit: maternity skinny jeans + blush printed blouse + blush leather earrings + nude flats

Amazon Printed Blouse – in Blush Tossed Floral, size 6
This is one of those versatile blouses that works for work and elevated casual looks.  It comes in 4 prints and 5 solid colors.

It’s got a nice flowy material with a good drape, similar to many LOFT tops. Details like gathering at the shoulders and wider cuff and buttons on the sleeves step it up.  I didn’t love the neckline on me when it was fully closed, but I felt better about it with a couple of buttons open.  This is somewhat sheer, so I’d recommend wearing a nude colored camisole underneath.  Overall, this is a good option if you need some nice tops in a variety of prints. See them all HERE.

Shop the Look:
Top: Amazon (exact–wearing size 6)
Jeans (maternity): Old Navy (exact–wearing size 4)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–size M)

 

Business Casual Jeans Outfit: cream blouse + maternity skinny jeans + leopard flats + gold leather earrings

Amazon Cream Blouse – in Ivory, size 6
This is the same top as above, but in Ivory. I tried this since I’m often asked for an alternative to my favorite All In Favor white tunic that isn’t as long and has a higher neckline. This blouse fits that bill.  It is sheer, so I recommend a nude colored camisole underneath.

Shop the Look:
Top: Amazon (exact–wearing size 6)
Jeans (maternity): Old Navy (exact–wearing size 4)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar, similar–much cheaper)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–wearing M)

 

Winter Casual Outfit: white tunic sweatshirt + black leggings + gold leather earringsWinter Casual Outfit: black leggings + white tunic sweatshirt + gold leather earrings

JCPenney Funnel Neck Zipper Tunic Sweatshirt – size S
This sweatshirt is really, really soft and cozy, and it’s currently ON SALE for $15!  It’s a cute sporty little sweatshirt that works with jeans or with leggings–depending on how tall you are.  If this helps, it measures 27″ in the back from shoulder to hem in size S and about 25-26″ in front.  It *just* covers my rear in leggings.  But like I said, it also works great with jeans.  Comes in white and black HERE.  I wear size S.

Shop the Look:
Sweatshirt: JCPenney (exact–size S)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact–size M)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–wearing M)

 

Casual Jeans Outfit: striped tee + skinny jeans + leopard print sneakers

Rothy’s Leopard Print Sneakers – Camo Cat Sneakers, size 9
I’ve had unused credit to Rothy’s for several years, and a while ago I tried their popular flats but didn’t love them quite enough.  This time I opted for sneakers.

I’ll cut straight to my verdict and then explain: I’m keeping them, BUT based on price, I give them like a 7.5/8 out of 10.  If they cost a little less, I’d be less picky about them and would give them a higher rating.

There is a lot of things I like about them. First, I love the style. I really, really like the print, which is more tan than orangey and fits my style better.  I also love that they come up a little lower on the top of your foot, exposing more of my foot and ankle and elongating the leg line. I always look for that in slip on sneakers, so this is 👌🏼.

In terms of overall comfort, this is where I feel they are PRETTY GOOD, but not mind-blowing. If they cost a little less, I’d be like 👍🏼. The footbed IS comfortable, don’t get me wrong. You could walk all day in them and be happy.  Also, the upper IS flexible and stretchy, as true to Rothy’s.  It’s a cloth-like material that wraps around your feet pretty snugly while still being stretchy with give.  But for a $125 sneaker, I kind of wanted them to blow me away, like with an extra cushioned footbed or like my feet feeling like they were in clouds or something.  Haha!  Also, I think here is my biggest problem, which may be personal to just me: the shoe runs average to slightly narrow in width, and I have SLIGHTLY wider feet (but never need wide shoes), so the edge of my toes run into where the upper meets the sole. It doesn’t cause blisters or hurt or anything, but it IS noticeable whereas that doesn’t happen for me with other sneakers.  Again perhaps it is just my feet, but I do wish even the seams inside were softer, I guess.  I think I want a low sneaker above $100 to be perfect, and these are good but not quite there. You *can* wash the entire shoe in the washing machine, which is definitely a plus.

So, overall I actually really like this shoe, and in fact, I LOVE the print and cut. I’m keeping them because I got them with store credit. But as to whether I’d tell you they are absolutely worth every penny? Not sure I can say that. Close, but not quite. However, if you are interested, I think they’re still worth trying because they might fit your feet differently than mine. And they offer free shipping and free return shipping!  Check them out HERE.

An alternative that is pretty comfy and like half the price on sale (which is often) is THIS one by Dr. Scholl’s. I tried to get that one but had a sizing mix up, and then my size sold out! 😭

 

And, that’s a wrap!  Glad to have found at least ONE pair of awesome maternity jeans.  Glad to have found some cute lightweight casual sweaters, too!

 


 

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